I took the book "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and decided to use it for my assignment and see how things would go. Of course, this had to be child-driven so I really didn't have a "plan" ready of exactly how we should accomplish the task.
Before I read the book, to show the familiarity of the story, I had my preschoolers sing the song.
We decided to just do the first verse of the story which is the regular version of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". Once we decided on the verse we had to come up with the role each child would take and we used the marker board to list the roles and who would do each part. The children got all the parts except the waterspout so with some prompting they figured out we needed a waterspout.
Each child needed to make a prop for their role using what ever they wanted to (can you tell do-a-dot markers are a fav around here)...
They decided how to put the play together and the final production looked like this...
Well we had so much fun doing this that they wanted to do another one... so we picked the second verse in the book and worked it out similar to the way we did it above.
We decided on the characters (or items) we needed using the marker board. This time they got all of the characters, including the kitchen wall.
This time they were in such a hurry to "act it out" that they spent very little time and hardly any materials to make their prop.
Interestingly enough they picked the wall where our play kitchen is to do the whole production. They did have me sing to help them since they didn't know the verse very well.
Here is the final production...
You can view my powerpoint for the class to see more details of the assignment.
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